UMW in Guatemala
|Led by Dr. Dawn Bowen and Dr. Marco Millones Mayer of the Department of Geography, this spring break trip focuses on community development and cloud forest conservation, ecological understanding, traditional Maya ecological practices, and innovative agro-ecological techniques. These initiatives can address social needs, create economic opportunity, and build food security. The program takes place in Guatemala City, Coban, and mountain communities along the Sierra Yalijux. For more information about the NGO whose work will be explored, visit the Community Cloud Forest Conservation website. When you take part in this experience, you will have the opportunity to:
For most of the trip, students will stay in rooms at the agroecology center. Meals will be provided at the center or out in the community. Students will also experience a two-night home-stay with a Maya family.
Students will earn 3 credits for GEOG 360E. The course focuses on:
Class will meet weekly throughout the spring semester. Classes will discuss relevant readings on community organization, development, food security issues, agro-ecology, and health. Four short papers will be due prior to the trip, with a journal during the trip, a final paper, and an oral presentation following the trip. This course satisfies the Experiential Learning general education requirement.
Requirements & Prerequisites
There are no prerequisites for this program, but students must contact Dr. Bowen for an application to participate. Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in order to participate. This program is open to all UMW students regardless of major or year of study.
Faculty-Led Program Scholarships are available to UMW students (deadlines apply).
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